The Daily Times has never appeared to have rational priorities, but one undisputed thing that community papers are suppose to do is provide the details of public meetings. With the invention of the internet, it is not difficult to expand to make that information available online. The screen shot below shows that The Daily Times put the article entitled “Sheriff’s Office hosts meeting tonight on accreditation” under the section More News in Print or E-Edition.
Just above are the pictures of two young men arrested for shooting bears. While the full article isn’t available online, there is a brief description of the article, directly below it giving the reader a general idea of what happened. Wouldn’t it have been better to prioritize by placing the Sheriff’s accredidation meeting where the article about the two men shooting bears is?
In fairness, I haven’t been keeping up with The Daily Times website lately so I can’t say 100% that the information wasn’t available on the home page at some point, but when I did a search for “Sheriff” I found nothing about today’s meeting. http://new.thedailytimes.com/archivessearch//?search_text=Sheriff
Is The Daily Times afraid that public might actually find out about and attend a public meeting if they make this information available to the public for free? What’s the point in having a community paper if they’re going to make videos about Jennifer Lopez readily available but not provide simple, yet imporant, details about public meetings?